The teams are back to work after the F1 summer break. One of the favourite circuits of the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps saw drivers sharing positive energy at the press conference today. From ‘no news yet’ at the Mercedes side to Fernando Alonso signing his contract for 2022 with Alpine, a lot is to talk about..
Valtteri or George?
Scheduled to sit together today, neither of the drivers had any news about their future at Mercedes. When asked about the lesson he learnt in his career so far, George Russell had mixed emotions, “F1 is not easy. It’s a very complex sport…Fortunate to be doing something I love.” On overcoming the pressure of the five-place grid penalty, Valtteri Bottas said that race pace is the key. Both of the drivers seemed calm regarding their 2022 seats. “Do things right rather than quickly.”, said Russell.
Alonso in Alpine for 2022 F1 season
With Esteban Ocon making headlines in June over his contract extension, Alpine locked the deal with Fernando today. Unlike his teammate who will stay for three more years, Alonso is only confirmed for 2022. Both of them share a good rapport with each other, one of the instances being the last race at Hungaroring where Alonso played an important role in Ocon’s first ever F1 win.
Commenting on their state, Pierre Gasly said, “The main thing is to just stay out of trouble. McLaren and Ferrari are slightly faster than us but the real battle for us is Alpine. We need to get the points over them.”
Sebastian Vettel talked about his ‘bitter’ disqualification at Budapest, “Those are the rules and we have to face the consequences. Obviously very bitter…but we move forward.” His teammate at Aston Martin, Lance Stroll had something similar to say, “It was definitely frustrating with what happened in Hungary.. we are where we are and it’s a track where we can overtake..confident we can have a good race here.”
Apart from wishing for rain, some drivers gave updates about their cars such as Charles Leclerc who hinted on a possible engine change later this season whereas his teammate from last year, Vettel said that though cars are in the end of their life cycle, there are no updates on their side of the paddock.
Lights out and away with some stats
The Belgian Grand Prix will see Daniel Ricciardo starting his 200th race. The two Brits – Lando Norris and George Russell will drive for their 50th race. Mick Schumacher will race at Spa after thirty years after his dad’s debut at the same circuit. This weekend will mark the 150th race of the hybrid era from which more than half lies under the belt of Lewis Hamilton.
With all the weather forecast showing rain at Spa, you still shine in our hearts, Anthoine!
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